Crosby ends slump in OT as Pens even East finals

Mon May 16, 2016 11:43pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Sidney Crosby scored his first goal in nine games 40 seconds into overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in Game Two of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday to even the series.

The Penguins, who squandered a two-goal lead before getting the winner in overtime, now head to Tampa for Game 3 in the best-of-seven series on Wednesday.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan shook up his lines late in the game to try to get his stars going, and Crosby came through by putting a shot under the crossbar to win it.

Pittsburgh pressed from the start of the extra period, and Crosby emerged with his first overtime goal in 113 playoff games.

Matt Murray won the battle of 21-year-old backup goaltenders, making 19 saves and not allowing a goal after giving up two in a span of 2:33 in the first period.

Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy was exceptional, making 38 saves, but it was not good enough.

Pittsburgh took all three of the shots in OT.

The Penguins got off to exactly the start they wanted in what could be viewed as a must-win game, getting goals from Matt Cullen and Phil Kessel less than 10 minutes in.

However, with Vasilevskiy turning aside several more excellent scoring chances -- including Bryan Rust on a rush off the opening faceoff -- the Lightning came back after killing off Alex Killorn's holding penalty at 13:23.   Continued...

May 16, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) looks to center the puck against Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn (55) and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the third period in game two of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center. Pittsburgh won 3-2 in OT.Mandatory Credit: Don Wright-USA TODAY Sports